Saturday, September 23, 2006

DeVos has "other plans" during Cheney visit

Dick Cheney? Never heard of him.



GRAND RAPIDS -- At least one prominent Republican won't be on hand Monday when Vice President Dick Cheney rolls into town.



GOP gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos can't make it.



DeVos and his family have a long lineage in the Republican Party. They are major contributors to the both the national party and to President Bush. DeVos' wife, Betsy, is a former Republican Party chair for the state.


As Dickerson said yesterday, "without his patronage, our current president might be just another name on the lecture circuit."



Just stop and think about that for a second.



What a wonderful world it would be.



Well, maybe not wonderful after all the damage Bush did in the first four years, but at least this country would be headed in the right direction instead of on the Express Elevator to Hell as we are now.



See Dick Run from the monster he helped to create. Wonder if this is the "return on our investment" that Betsy expected. My guess is no.



"We have nothing to do with the Cheney visit on Monday," Truscott said. "It's a completely different issue. He's coming in for other people. We have our own campaign schedule to keep. We won't even be in Grand Rapids on Monday."


Could the denial get any thicker? Five short disclaimers from John. No, no, no, no and no. That how you guys treat your friends?



They did the same to Bush. Dick had "meetings" he had to attend.



Um, yeah. I'll bet he did.



Bill Ballenger calls Cheney's visit "calculated".



Ballenger said speeches before groups like this -- with images of Bush or Cheney on flag-draped stages before troops in uniform -- are part of a calculated push to retain control of Congress despite deteriorating support for the war in Iraq.



I call it a "shake down of the big money Republican names in West Michigan so we can keep the tax breaks for the rich rolling along by trying to install another GOP puppet in the Senate in the form of Mike Bouchard".



Following his speech, Cheney is slated to appear at a 5 p.m. private fund-raising event for GOP U.S. Sen. candidate Michael Bouchard, at the East Grand Rapids home of local businessman and former ambassador to Italy Peter Secchia.



Ballenger said it's unlikely Bouchard would get a boost from Cheney's visit. Bouchard trails U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow by as much at 20 percent.


Something tells me Bouchard would love to run away from these guys too, but he needs the bucks. Wonder if he takes a poll hit after this.